Announcements 08.03.2017

Two Projects Earn Design Excellence Awards for Health and Wellness


Two recently completed projects designed by Perkins&Will have earned Excellence Awards from the Center for Active Design (CfAD) for their contributions to healthy, active, and engaged communities.

North Kansas City Schools’ Students in Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) center and the Washington, D.C. offices of international law firm Nixon Peabody are among seven projects worldwide to win Excellence awards, which recognize designs that “serve as catalysts for broad-based community transformation and offer inspiring precedents for shaping future design and research.”

North Kansas City Schools: SAGE

The learning environment for SAGE, or Students in Academically Gifted Education, encourages elementary-age school children and their teachers to think creatively and work collaboratively with each other. The center focuses on supporting active, participatory learning via open-air lessons on an outdoor patio, movable furniture that’s customizable for a variety of learning activities, mobile teacher desks, open spaces for flexible use, wide staircases for both seating and mobility, and gender-neutral bathrooms. The center has become a model for schools looking to create a more active, engaged, and collaborative learning environment. Read more about the winning project.

Nixon Peabody, LLP

The three floors of Nixon Peabody’s offices are connected by a living wall, which runs adjacent to a monumental staircase connecting all office floors, improving the indoor air quality and encouraging occupants to stay active throughout the day. The use of frameless clear glass for office fronts and doors allow views to the outdoors and natural light permeates the workplace. In fact, more than 90 percent of staff having direct views to the outside. Collaborative team rooms occupy spaces traditionally reserved for corner offices, and quiet rooms are located around the office, encouraging employees to move away from their individual workstations throughout the day. Healthy snacking options, such as fruits and nuts, are available in the office, and filtered drinking water stations are placed in café and coffee areas. The office also uses photovoltaic panels on the roof to offset not only its own energy use, but also that of nearby low-income housing. Read more about the winning project.

A panel of five independent jurors, including former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction David Burney, selected the winning projects from a short list of roughly 50 entries.

A celebration to honor the award winners will take place September 27 in New York City.

This is the second consecutive year that Perkins&Will has been honored by CfAD for design excellence; in 2016, the Chicago headquarters of bicycle parts manufacturer SRAM won an Excellence Award.